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The arrival of a high-tech manufacturing industry on Kaua’i has been heralded as a great provider of jobs and a way to return the best and brightest Kauaians to their home island if they decide they want to come home after going away for college.
But it can have some fun applications, too.
Loea Communications Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trex Enterprises Corporation, which already has Kaua’i presences in Lihu’e and Waimea, has demonstrated real video on demand capabilities by downloading full-length movies in less than 10 seconds.
It’s demonstrating its commitment to Kaua’i by establishing as early as next year manufacturing operations on the island.
Another local angle is Dr. Bruce MacDonald, a Wailua Homesteads resident and former group manager for advanced materials at Trex, who was recently named Loea’s vice president and general manager of Hawai’i operations.
“We are extremely pleased to have Bruce join our management team,” said Lou Slaughter, Loea president and chief executive officer. “Bruce brings a wealth of management experience to our team, and will greatly strengthen our position in the state of Hawai’i,” Slaughter said.
MacDonald holds a doctorate degree from the University of California at Irvine, and has been with Trex Enterprises since 1983 in a variety of technical management positions.
MacDonald will be responsible for the deployment of the Loea wireless network in Hawai’i, and for establishing a manufacturing facility for Loea on Kaua’i as early as next year.
Loea’s technology is next-generation, millimeter, wave wireless communications that enables low-cost communications at speeds equivalent to fiber-optic lines (in excess of one gigabit per second) with link distances of up to 10 miles.
Loea will sell point-to-point wireless links to the government, telecommunications companies and other industries, and provide a monitoring service through its Link Operations Center (LOC).
Initial demonstrations and ongoing testing of Loea’s technology are being conducted on Maui, between one of the company’s office buildings and a tower located eight miles away on Mount Haleakala.
Loea has received a contract to begin deployment between the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, and a Navy radar site on Makaha Ridge above Polihale a few miles away.
Loea Communications Corporation was formed in June 2001.
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